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When Cousins is engaged, he can be a plus defender — smart and intimidating, with quick hands. He snares lots of steals, pops up near the top of the league’s deflections and charges drawn leaderboards every season, and jostles with behemoth centers so Davis doesn’t have to. If Davis wants Cousins back, the Pelicans will be in a tricky spot.
Davis and Holiday have durability issues in the rearview mirror. Davis has played 75 games in each of the past two seasons, but he leads the league in injury scares. Holiday appears to be over his leg problems. But the Pelicans barely made the playoffs, and the West will be loaded again next season. Without Cousins, they have very little margin to absorb even a 20-game absence of Holiday or Davis. Another guy capable of carrying an offense is a hedge against those durability issues popping up again.
At the top, to no surprise, are the 5-1 Eagles, following by the 6-1 Packers. The Vikings and Rams each have 7-1 odds of making it to the Super Bowl.
The presence of two NFC North teams in the top four surely influences the lack of confidence in the Bears. The presence of the Falcons and Panthers in the NFC South likely has contributed to the surprising lack of faith in the Saints, who surprisingly are at 10-1.
Vegas believes in the 49ers, moving then to 11-1, with the Seahawks dropped all the way to 20-1.
What do these numbers mean for the teams? Plenty, if they can help a coach fashion a narrative of disrespect.
That third year would make most teams think harder. But it’s possible circumstances have aligned for the Pelicans to retain Cousins on a shorter deal they could trade if they want to reshape their roster around Davis.